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When to Lawyer Up “The first thing we do is, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (Shakespeare) Shakespeare must have had an unhappy experience or two with the lawyers of his time to have one of his characters utter that threat, but the reality is that every aspect of our lives is touched at one time...
How to Safeguard Your Digital Presence: A Simple Checklist for Website Compliance “It’s important to remember your competitor is only one mouse click away” (Doug Warner) Your website, social media profiles, and other online platforms play a vital role in your business strategy and in staying ahead of your competition at all times. However, it’s...
Who Owns Your Employee’s Invention? Lessons from the “Please Call Me” Saga 24 April 2024 is ‘World Intellectual Property Day’. It’s “an opportunity to explore how intellectual property (IP) encourages and can amplify the innovative and creative solutions that are so crucial to building our common future.” (The UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization) It’s a...
Property: Why Do You Need an Occupancy Certificate Before You Buy? “…there is no obligation on the [seller] to obtain an occupancy certificate and to furnish it to the [buyers]” (Extract from judgment below) Imagine this – you buy your dream home, pay for it, take transfer into your name, and move in. But then...
Budget 2024: Your Tax Tables and Tax Calculator How much will you be paying in income tax, petrol and sin taxes? Use Fin 24’s four-step Budget Calculator here to find out.  The unchanged transfer duty and tax tables, with a note on fiscal drag Unchanged from last year, so taxpayers can breathe a sigh of...
Ponzi Schemes: Can Liquidators Claw Back 600% of Payouts? “MTl’s business clearly amounted to an unlawful ponzi-scheme, i.e. a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return to investors and generating returns for earlier investors with investments taken from later investors.” (Extract from the MTI judgment) Recent media reports of the MTI (Mirror Trading International)...
When is Resignation a Constructive Dismissal? “…the prospect of continued employment must be shown to have been objectively intolerable and the employee must have resigned due to the intolerable situation and not for another reason.” (Extract from judgment below) Perhaps you are an employer, and that troublesome employee who you’ve been hoping would resign does...
Property Sales: “Conditional Acceptance” of an Offer is Not Acceptance, It’s Rejection “The conditional acceptance of an offer amounts to rejection of same and not the conclusion of a contract, but may be a counter–offer.” (Extract from judgment below) A good offer comes in for your property, so you accept it. But you’re not happy...
“Pay Extra for My Generator or I’ll Cut You Off During Loadshedding”. Can a Landlord Do That? Loadshedding continues to plague us and our businesses, and when tenants are connected during power cuts to their landlord’s alternative power source – such as a generator – it is essential for both parties to understand their respective...
Employee theft
You Can (and Should) Both Discipline and Prosecute Thieving Employees “It’s the profile of the most trusted individual, in a position of trust, like an accountant or bookkeeper. They usually never take leave, and someone who never allows anyone access to their system would go to the length of taking their laptops with them while...
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